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It's always nice to see a bit of friendly camaraderie in the celeb pool outside a huge awards ceremony like the Oscars. BFFs Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow greeted each other with hugs and kisses as they sashayed along the red carpet before a barrage of photographers.

For her moment in front of the world's eye, Kidman wore a Christian Dior Couture gown that sadly didn't quite tick all the boxes. While there was no denying the beauty of this piece, e.g. the intricate silver embroidery, the sculptured waist detail and split skirt, it just didn't seem to work 100% on Kidman. Adding a pop of colour, Nic teamed the gown with a pair of coral Pierre Hardy sandals.

To find out what Gwynnie wore, read on...

Compared to Nicole, Gwyneth seemed to pare her look down quite a bit. Instead of the usual feminine frocks, she opted for a strikingly futuristic silver Calvin Klein number. Proving you don't need to do too much when you're wearing full-length metallic, Paltrow kept things fairly simple with a Louis Vuitton belt/brooch and jewellery. Showing off that enviable figure, the actress accessorized her outfit with some gold sandals by Brian Atwood and kept her hair and make-up fairly low-key with super straight locks.

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